Dental Radiography Safety

February 29, 2016 | Posted in Education

In our last blog post, we talked about the different types of dental x-rays (also known as dental radiographs), and how each type is used differently so that your dentist can get all of the diagnostic information they require to do their job. When you think about it, getting an x-ray can sound scary at first; high frequency wavelengths get blasted right through your body! But don’t worry, dental radiographs are actually very safe if proper safety measures are taken. Here are some of the measures we take here at the Rideau Dental Center to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Digital Radiography: Digital radiography requires 50-80% less radiation exposure for the patient when compared to old fashioned film systems. Other advantages to digital radiography include that no film, darkroom, or chemicals are needed, and no lead foil waste is generated. In addition to all of that, digital radiographs have a higher resolution than conventional radiographs, and the digital x-ray is displayed on a monitor immediately.

  • Lead Apron and Thyroid Collar: When a patient receives an x-ray, they are provided with a lead apron and thyroid collar. Lead aprons help protect your chest area from the already fairly small amount of radiation emitted from a digital radiograph. A thyroid collar helps reduce the amount of radiation that reaches your thyroid gland, one of the most radiation-sensitive organs.

  • Lead Walls: The walls in our office that are near radiation producing equipment have lead inside them to prevent radiation from penetrating them, protecting other patients and staff from radiation exposure.

 
Along with the safety measures listed above, we also provide all of our staff with personal radiation monitors, and have an in-house radiation safety committee. Our goal here at the Rideau Dental Center is safety for all patients and staff, and we take as many measures as possible to ensure this. If you have any questions about dental radiography safety, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475!